Week 4 - What is the point of life?

posted 9 Mar 2012, 03:10 by Peter Booth

What is the Point of Life?

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, 12:13-14


If we look at a speck of dust it is tiny compared with the city of Southampton.  But you or I are even smaller compared with the universe.  That can make us feel insignificant and meaningless.  But are we?


Someone has said “There are two significant moments in every person’s life: the day you are born and the day you discover why you were born”.


How would you complete the sentence.. “My purpose in life is…"?


King Solomon lived 900 years before Christ.  He was rich, powerful and considered the wisest man on earth.  In Ecclesiastes he describes his search for meaning and purpose in life.  He pursued all kinds of pleasure, he accumulated possessions, he made his surroundings beautiful, he studied and he worked hard.  But he still wondered if there was any point to all this.  He would die anyway.  What would happen to it all when he died?  Was he any better off than a foolish person?


Today, like Solomon, we can enjoy our work and we can enjoy achieving success.  But all this will pass.  It can be just like enjoying playing a game.  We like to win, but does it really matter once the game is over?


Solomon concludes that it does make a difference if we acknowledge God.  That is the beginning of true wisdom.

It does make a difference that:

     There is a God who made us and God watches us and God will judge us

     God wants us to be aware of him and to relate to him in thankfulness and obedience

     God has made rules for us to live by for our good.


If we look at the whole message of the Bible, we see that it makes even more difference when we realise...

      God loves us, and wants us to love him and to be in a relationship with him forever!

      This speck of dust is of inestimable value to God.

      God created me knowing that it would cause him great suffering to bring me into a right relationship of love with  himself.

      God still will not force me to respond, but longs for a freely chosen relationship of love of creature to creator.

      Beyond the philosophical questions of Ecclesiastes, we can read in the Gospels of how Jesus demonstrates how important my life and your life is to God.

by Rod Lawrence, Friends International